Selection is based on student application, oral interview, attendance, and academic screening by deans/counselors/staff, and teacher approval. This course is designed to teach students basic helping skills. These skills are used throughout the school year in a peer facilitator program. The program provides conflict management services and one-on-one counseling for students who have attitude, academic, preparedness, and/or attendance issues. In addition, the program promotes suicide prevention information and skills with Yellow Ribbon presentations to all 9th graders. The program promotes healthy relationship information with One Love presentations to all 10th graders. Students and parents sign a contract agreeing to meet the expectations of the school site and of the California Association of Peer Programs.
For our one-on-one counseling program, the Peer Resource class works with all freshmen and sophomores who are ineligible or have a "D" or "F" in class. We also work with students who are referred by teachers. This program is intended to help students develop a plan of action to solve problems they are having in class. Three major areas of concern have been identified: disruptive behaviors, attitude concerns, and preparedness issues.
Peer Resource students pull referred students out of class during 4th period. Counseling sessions usually last 3-5 minutes. Follow-up sessions occur twice per week until the problems are solved or the student refuses assistance. All students must sign a consent for peer counseling.
When we first started the program, it was quickly a success. Our success rate varies from year to year but typically falls between 50% and 70%. While our approach does not work for all students, we expect to positively support many students this year. If you have any concerns, questions, or comments, please let us know!